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The First International Shakespeare Conference

"The Enigma of Endurance"

1-3 October 2016
Yerevan, Armenia

The first ASA International conference entitled The Enigma of Endurance was dedicated to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The conference was organised  with the help of the American University in Armenia and Museum of Arts and Literature and sponsored by AGBU London Chapter.

Shakespearean scholars and theatre experts from twelve countries around the world presented their fascinating papers on Shakespeare's influence on their national cultures through local Shakespearean adaptations and translations new and old.


The ASA thanks each and every participant of the conference for sharing such inspiring research and for the excellent company.

Looking forward to see you again in Armenia in coming years! 

Feedback from some of the guest speakers

 ”Thank you for the exciting conference and the opportunity to see many sights of Yerevan in good company” - Charles Fairbanks

 “We are still under the strong impression of our trip to Yerevan, and the hospitality and friendship which we felt every minute of our stay there". - Emil Sirbulescu

“I will never forget your conference and the wonderful, wonderful time we had in Yerevan. Thank you for organizing this conference, for inviting me, and for showing us the cultural treasures of your beautiful country.  I have traveled a lot, but I have never been so deeply moved by some place, and by the people, as this time.” - Zorica Becanovic Nicolic

 “Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful conference! The programme was full of interesting activities, and we all had a great time!” - Xenia Georgopoulu

“Thank you once again for planning such a thought-provoking conference, for the lovely hospitality and the wonderful introduction to Armenia. I was thrilled to visit, sad to leave, and I hope to have the chance to come back at some point in the future!” - Katherine Hennessey

 “I am grateful beyond words for having taken part in such a wonderful experience. And I take heart in seeing that Shakespeare makes a difference and breaks barriers and transcends boundaries” - Nicoleta Cinpoes

 “Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a wonderful time I had in Yerevan - loved the conference and the museum trips. Such warmth and intellectual stimulation and friendships. This is the very stuff that conferences should be made of” - Paromita Chakravarti

"The best conference I have been to" - Jason Burg


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